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Hello, Avalanche

The Octopus Project

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Album Review

There's a subtle but important difference between music you can dance to and music that makes you want to dance, and Texas indie electronic demons the Octopus Project thankfully understand the distinction. Their third album, Hello, Avalanche, is full to bursting with the friendly beeps and blurps of vintage analog synthesizers and the clatter of drum machines, but while nearly everyone knows how to make a beat these days, the Octopus Project can generate a pulse that has the feel of flesh and blood, and there's a playful sense of joy in their music that's a pleasure to move to. While synthesizers dominate Hello, Avalanche, seemingly any instrument is fair game for the Octopus Project; "Ghost Moves" throws a wall of thrashed-out guitar and clattering drums up against a speedy sequencer pattern, "Snow Tip Cap Mountain" is a curious but delightful duet for marimba and theremin, "Truck"'s organ and guitar combo could pass for a great lost new wave single, and there's a winning charm in the sweetly murmured vocals of the closing track, "Queen." And even when Toto Miranda, Yvonne Lambert, and Josh Lambert are indulging their passion for electronics, they never forget to throw a hooky tune in with the beats, and a big part of what makes the grooves so engaging on this album is the fact there are actual songs to go with them. In short, Hello, Avalanche doesn't sound like something to play at a party so much as a party the Octopus Project threw for themselves, and they were nice enough to invite us all along — it would be rude not to come along, not to mention passing up a really good time.

Customer Reviews

sexy

i am surprised nobody has commented on these guys yet. this albums super fresh, every track is ill its worth the ten bucks for sure

A great album

I'm also surprised that there is only one review of this great album. These guys have the critical song in the movie "21" and have music on "CSI" as well as have won numerous Austin Music Awards. Take a listen, it's the best money you will have ever spent on music!!

One of the first bands I have ever been able to say is truly my favorite!

I just recently started listening to these guys (and Gal!) and couldn't be happier! They are even better live, got the chance to see them perform at a small venue (Record Bar in Kansas City) and it was an absolute blast. Such a fantastic combination of sounds, and watching the whole group switch instruments throughout the show is amazing. Yvonne is just blowing my mind with her Theremin skills! Buy the whole album as it is best as a whole little hour long journey into this little sound world, and if you can, check them out live as soon as you can!

Biography

Formed: Austin, TX

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Toto Miranda, Josh Lambert, and Yvonne Lambert came together as a junky, dirty, hook-heavy electronic trio called the Octopus Project in the late '90s. Their music caught the ears of the folks at Peek-a-boo Records in 2001, and the band released their first album on that label, Identification Parade, one year later. Their second album, One Ten Hundred Thousand Million, followed in 2004, and the Octopus Project went on to tour heavily over the course of the next year, appearing at festivals like Noise...
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